Priced out of market: Man City in transfer turmoil

Faced with 'ludicrous' demands, the world's richest club needs time to perfect a big-name transfer strategy

Villa commits to Valencia

Valencia striker David Villa has ended speculation over his future by signing a new long-term contract with the Primera Liga club.

Manchester United look elsewhere as Berbatov deal stalls

Tottenham are still refusing to compromise on their £30m valuation of Dimitar Berbatov, prompting Manchester United to look elsewhere according to reports.

Madrid may change Robinho stance says agent

Robinho's agent remains hopeful the player could still secure a move to Chelsea despite Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon's insistence he is not for sale.

Transfer news and speculation, 13 August

Manchester United have failed with a bid for the Spain international David Silva, according to the player's agent. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is eager to sign a new attacker before the transfer window closes but Silva, who plays in an advanced role for Valencia and his country, would rather stay in Spain than move to the Premier League.

Manchester United fail in Silva bid

Manchester United have failed with a bid for Spain star David Silva, according to the player's agent.

Bayern increase Ballack pressure

Chelsea's international stars should be enough to impress the crowd at Wycombe's Adams Park stadium tonight in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final, but Jose Mourinho was yesterday forced to defend Michael Ballack's form as the Chelsea manager's tactics also came under scathing attack from Bayern Munich.

BOOKS / And a very good fang too: A wave of Gothic fiction is enfolding the US and Britain in its cloak, bringing vampires in vanloads. Poppy Z Brite is a priestess of the cult

POPPY Z BRITE agrees with me - 'I don't like vampires very much.' She's right. They're predictable, familiar and they chew through the bytes on the word processors of a thousand mediocre horror writers. Yet Brite's first book, Lost Souls, appears to be a horror novel about vampires. The fact that it's also a symbolic novel about a youth cult is indicative of the strange state of American fiction at the moment. 'What I wanted to write about,' she says, 'was the Gothic sub-culture of which I was an observer and participant at the time, and vampires are such an essential icon in that - and that's how they turn up in my book.'
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker